I Realize There’s Two Feet of Snow Outside (There Is? There Are?)

February 7, 2010 § 4 Comments

But I just bought this:

And these:

And I can’t wait to wear them somewhere hot and steamy and to have the vaguest of tans. And, yes, my current wardrobe hankerings are all inspired by this lady:

What Do Those Announcements at Nordstrom Mean?

February 5, 2010 § 7 Comments

I’ve wondered this for as long as I’ve lived anywhere near a Nordstrom.

(If you’ve never shopped there, basically, it’s an endless stream of “Jenna C. Jones” and “Mark D. Spots” over the intercom system — in fact, whenever I hear that first one, I always think about how much that girl’s parents must love beer to have named her after Genesee.)

It’s very noticeable, and it’s been a point of speculation in my household for years. Are they the names of fashion designers? Can’t be — I’d recognize at least some of them. Are they the names of customers who left something behind? Can’t be — they are too prevalent. Customers can’t be so forgetful that consistently.

I am pleased to report that I finally squeezed the scoop out of a recently hired Nordstrom employee: They are the names of store employees. If they put a C in the name, it means they have a phone call; if they put a D in it, they’re needed by their department. THE WORLD MAKES SENSE NOW. The employee didn’t tell me this specifically, but I’m betting this little system is designed to minimize the perception that employees are focusing on anything but the customers.

But I will tell you this — Genesee Jones gets A LOT of phone calls.

So, I Have My Eye on This Michael Kors Bag …

August 18, 2008 § 6 Comments

And I take it that my husband isn’t a fan, because I just received this image from him via email …


A Site That I Love Almost As Much As I Love My New Marc Jacobs Blouse

January 29, 2008 § Leave a comment

For some reason I feel like not a lot of people know about Mindy Ephron’s fabulous blog, Things I’ve Bought That I Love, and I don’t know why that is.

First of all, the writing is amazing; here is a little scoop for you to sample:

J.Crew totally went off its meds this year and I fucking loved it. Zebra stripes. Book prints on textiles. Embroidered critters on ties, pants, even cashmere. Polka dot satin shoes. Platinum silver down parkas. And oh, the colors!

(Yes, I have been saying that things have gone off their meds recently, and this is where I stole it.)

If that’s not enough to convince you to read — and, frankly, it should be — perhaps I should tell you that Mindy Ephron is actually Mindy Kaling, one of the fabulous (striking) writers of The Office*. Oh, and she also plays Kelly.

Go ahead, bookmark it.

*Yes, I do feel like an ass for linking out to Hulu episodes.

Designer Doldrums

January 21, 2008 § 3 Comments

In my never-ending pursuit of clothing, I used this three-day weekend to finally take a look at two very hyped low-level lines, which I’ve been meaning to do for months, and even moreso recently, given my self-imposed ban on designer goods in Q1 (Disclaimer: I failed; I found a Marc Jacobs blouse for 80% off at an outlet, and I just couldn’t resist. Ban revised to apply only to designer prices, not the clothes). I like to think that Dr. King would be proud (he wouldn’t).

Gentlemen, please proceed to the next site on your browsing agenda.

Simply Vera
Grade: B-

In theory, Simply Vera is everything I like about clothes, be they Vera or not — muted colors, careful ruching and pretty draping. The designs are pretty, and still inventive, even for a thrify label; the prices, though, are still of the break-the-bank variety ($70 for a cardigan, $50 for a camisole). My biggest complaint — the sizing is odd, and I don’t love how cheap chic has simply come to mean unfinished hems. The fact that I got the dress below for $13, though, means I would make a return trip — it’s listed online as $53. Oops!


Grade: D

I’ve wanted to check out Sarah Jessica Parker’s Bitten line — available only at Steve and Barry’s, a store you’ve probably never heard of (I hadn’t) — since it launched. The nearest store was a haul, so we built a few other out-of-the-way errands around it. SJP’s ‘manifesto’ about Bitten is: ‘It is every woman’s inalienable right to have a pulled-together [sic] stylish, confident wardrobe with money left over to live.’ Essentially — nothing should cost more than $20. (SJP apparently only plays a writer on TV: In addition to that dropped comma, I found a number of tags where ‘wardrobe’ was spelled ‘watdrobe’ throughout the store.) I could crap all over the clothes all day but I’ll sum it up this way: Nothing I saw of Bitten should cost more than $10, and, even though everything in the store was on sale $8.99, I didn’t buy a single thing. It was all cheaply made knits, unlined pencil skirts, and lame logoed tees. bitten

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